Veterinarian--High Volume Spay/Neuter Clinic and Shelter
Columbia Animal Shelter
Location: Columbia , Pennsylvania
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: DVM or equivalent
Salary negotiable based on experience
POSITION SUMMARY: Are you looking for a great opportunity to be part of a growing clinic? We are looking to expand from a twice a month clinic to a full time low cost spay/neuter, TNR, and wellness clinic located in our privately owned shelter. The Veterinarian is responsible for overseeing medical and surgical care of animals in the shelter to maximize animal placement of adoptable animals. Provide policy and decision-making leadership and technical expertise as it relates to veterinary medical care. Ensure compliance with regulatory agencies.
· DVM/VMD degree from accredited university.
· Required licenses, including a Controlled Substance license from the DEA, and certifications and registrations must be maintained throughout employment.
· Experience in high quality high-volume surgical sterilization of dogs and cats, preferred.
Please include a submission along with your CV of what your vision of a full time clinic expanding from two days a month would look like if you could design it yourself.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
· Provides lead direction to staff responsible for following prescribed treatment and maintenance of treatment records for animals.
· Must be able to perform medical examinations and procedures quickly and professionally, including surgeries, in a small, often hectic environment. Must be able to work for extended periods of time standing or sitting in a small space.
· Assure the highest quality medical care of animals in accordance with CAS policies and procedures.
· Responsible for medical examinations, medical care and monitoring of the health and welfare of animals in the care of CAS and privately owned animals participating in our community programs.
· Provides expert witness testimony in court cases related to animal cruelty and neglect.
· Prepare and maintain accurate records, files, reports, and other written material in a logical, concise, and accurate manner.
· This is a mentally demanding position, requiring the ability to quickly make sound medical decisions, often in isolation of other medical experts, both during and after normal working hours.
· Knowledge of Federal, State, and County laws, regulations, and ordinances governing:
o Rabies quarantine
o Euthanasia techniques
o Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) record keeping requirements for Schedule II narcotics and SHARPS biohazard waste.
o Physical and behavioral characteristics of common breeds of dogs and cats
o Disease symptoms in domestic animals
o Autoclaving and surgical pack preparation
o Aseptic surgical techniques
o Professional animal care and husbandry
o CAS customer service objectives and strategies
o Current technology and trends in shelter medicine
· Properly store and maintain inventory of medical supplies, including Schedule II narcotics.
· Advise staff and volunteer in the proper care and medical treatment of animals.
· Identify normal and abnormal animal behavior and symptoms of rabies and other animal disorders.
· Read, understand, interpret, and apply department and organizational policies and procedures.
· Provide prompt, efficient, and responsive service.
· Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds and function calmly in situations, which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy.
· Function calmly in situations that require a high degree of sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy.
· The ability to hold and participate in professional presentations, trainings, conversations, and meetings.
· Any other duties deemed necessary by the Executive Director.
SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS: Position requires 32-40 hours per week. Flexibility is required, and the Veterinarian may need to work weekends for events, trainings, shelter meetings, and other special circumstances as directed by the Executive Director.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Performs work in both a shelter and office like setting. Exposure to animals, animal waste, bites, scratches, fumes from cleaning/disinfectant solutions, airborne particles, zoonotic diseases, and moderate to high noise levels when in animal areas.
MENTAL, PHYSICAL AND COMMUNICATION DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· This position is regularly required to use hands to fingers, handle, and talk and hear. The incumbent is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel or crouch. The position holder must be able to regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.
· Specific vision abilities required for this position include close vision, distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to focus.
· Requires working alone or with minimal supervision. Must be self-motivated.
· Requires patience and tact when working with difficult, emotional, or angry people.
· Requires speaking and writing effectively and clearly in a professional manner.
· Requires clear verbal communication over the telephone and intercom to internal or external individuals.
· Requires treating people and animals in a pleasant, courteous, and professional manner.
· Requires ability to work in a team environment and to provide team leadership.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY: Columbia Animal Shelter is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced team of shelter professionals. We do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin and are an equal opportunity employer.
AT WILL DISCLAIMER: The examples of duties are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement or contract between the employer and the employee and is subject to change without prior notice at the discretion of the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
I understand and agree that my employment can be terminated with or without cause and with or without notice at any time at the option of either me or the organization.